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Solos - Early Intermediate

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1st Inversion Triad Boogie

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

This piece with a relaxed tempo in 4/4 time, is in the Key of C Major. The right hand drills the student on descending 1st inversion triads, while the left hand does a boogie bass with swinging eighth note patterns. A fun piece for students to practice 1st inversion triads.

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3 Simplified Classical Tunes

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

These three classical pieces have been simplified for early intermediate students to enjoy.

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Song of Joy

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Musette

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A Boogie Woogie Valentine

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

This piece, written in an easy boogie woogie style, is a great piece for students to learn for Valentine's Day.

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Angels We Have Heard on High

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

This beautiful Christmas carol has been arranged in the key of D Major for level 2 students to play.

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Away in a Manger

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

Written in the key of F Major, this traditional Christmas carol in 3/4 time has been simplified for students on a level 2b to play.

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Battle Hymn of the Republic

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

Julia Ward Howe wrote the words to this American Hymn in 1861 at the beginning of the Civil War. She put the words to music, using a traditional melody. Her hymn soon became a popular patriotic song of the Civil War era that is still sung today.

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Birthday Song

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

For students on this level who want to learn "Happy Birthday to You", this arrangement in F Major is "just the key".

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Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Piano Accompaniment with Words
Level: Early Intermediate

This beloved hymn has been simplified so students can accompany singers at home or at church. 2 verses are included.

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Come, Ye Thankful People

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

This familiar Thanksgiving hymn was originally written for the English harvest festivals. It has been arranged in the key of F and simplified for early intermediate students to play. Words have been included for home and church sing-a-longs.

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Dance of the Moon and Stars

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

Written in the Key of G Minor, this piece keeps the left hand harmony marking out a percussive rhythm while the right hand alternates between C Minor and G Minor hand position.

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Fourth Finger Etude

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

The fourth fingers are used a lot in this etude in C Major, helping to strengthen the technic for these weaker, less used fingers.

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Gypsy Dance

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

This fast piece, marked vivace, is in the Key of E Minor. Written in 3/8 time, it uses sixteenth and eighth note patterns for a lively dance rhythm.

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Harvest Wind

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

This piece, written in the Key of D Minor, has a driving pulse with the left hand while the right hand moves in quick scale passages, creating a scene of leaves blowing in the cold, harvest wind.

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Here We Come A-Caroling

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

This traditional English carol begins and ends in 6/8 time, with the middle section in 4/4. It is written in the key of C Major.

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Home Game

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

This fast piece is great for students playing on a 2b - 3a level. It begins in an A Major hand position and moves throughout the piece into various other positions, always staying in a 5-finger pattern.

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Home Run Rondo

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

The excitement and hustle of a baseball game is what this level 2 piece is all about. The fact that it also helps teach a Rondo form, D Major scale, and some syncopation is a nice added bonus.

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Horse and Carriage

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

This breezy piece in 3/4 time is written in the key of C Major. Broken left hand chords combine with right hand scale passages to make the feel of a nineteenth century carriage ride.

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How Many Pilgrims

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

Do you know how many Pilgrims were at that first Thanksgiving? This piece, written in D minor and D major 5-finger patterns will get you thinking about it!

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Humoresque

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

This humorous piece for the early intermediate student moves back and forth from a D Major hand position to a d minor pattern, with a few unexpected surprises in-between.

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In a Dream

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

This slow, lyrical piece uses 5-finger patterns and some "extensions" of those patterns for students who are starting to read music outside of the beginning positions. Pedal markings are indicated, but are kept simple for this level of playing.

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In the Cave of the Dwarfs

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

Great for Halloween recitals, this piece starts in the key of G minor and ends in D minor, using mostly 5-finger patterns from those keys.

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Kokopelli's Flute

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

A character taken from ancient petroglyphs is the theme for this piece written for the early intermediate student. The D minor setting gives a mysterious nature to it.

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Lazy Day Blues

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

Beginning in an A Major hand position, this moderate blues piece has a relaxed tempo with a lazy "swing" to it. The hand position moves and extends from the beginning 5-finger pattern as the piece progresses in an easy, accessible way. The pedal is used and is marked clearly in each measure.

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Little Sonata

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

Written in the Key of F Major, this simple sonata has a left hand alberti bass, with the right hand melody centered close around F Major hand position.

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Making Valentines

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

This Valentine piece is fun and easy for students on this level. It moves around in 5-finger patterns that center around G, F, and C Major.

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March of the Triads

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

This piece is also a worksheet on naming triads. Students can fill in the blanks to name each triad before playing the piece, reinforcing the importance of identifying bottom notes first when sight-reading chords.

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Morning

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

This is an easy arrangement of a very familiar melody. The original score was written by Grieg as part of the "Peer Gynt" suites.

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Pirate Island

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

This piece has been set in a G Minor hand position (with a few extensions) to give it a mysterious sound. It's a good "student saver" that's fun to do without being too complicated.

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Rock of Ages

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

This song is traditionally sung on Hanukkah after the lighting of the festival lights. It has been set in the key of G Major.

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Scherzo

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

This playful piece in 4/4 time begins in C Major 5-finger pattern, then moves out slightly from that pattern as the piece progresses. Careful attention to fingering is necessary to make the changes work smoothly.

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Sidewalk Carnival

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

Expect a lot of hand changes in this piece, especially in the right hand. The left hand starts with a dotted quarter to eighth note rhythm, giving it a casual beat in the bass. Even with these challenges, it is a piece that students can easily learn, especially with some hands separate practice.

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Silent Snow

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

As the title suggests, this is a quiet, gently moving seasonal piece that makes use of left hand triads. It is an ideal piece for older students and adults who are on this level.

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Sledding

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

This is an easy piece to learn and a fun piece to play. It's definitely one of those "student saver" pieces that helps keep young students interested as they learn to play the piano.

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Sonatine for Halloween

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

Written in sonatina form, this seasonal piece in three movements is perfect for a Halloween recital.

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Song of the Harvest Dance

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

This piece is taken from a Native American chant that celebrates a feast day. It is written in the key of e minor.

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The Crystal Cave

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

Beginning in a low G minor hand position then modulating to G Major in the middle, this piece has a lot of contrast and interest for early intermediate students. The right hand moves from the G positions up to a high C and then back again. Careful attention to fingering allows students to pass between these sections freely.

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The Crystal Cave

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

Beginning in a low G minor hand position then modulating to G Major in the middle, this piece has a lot of contrast and interest for early intermediate students. The right hand moves from the G positions up to a high C and then back again. Careful attention to fingering allows students to pass between these sections freely.

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The Cupcake Cakewalk

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

This lively piece is taken from a ragtime style of music called the cakewalk. It alternates between minor and major "A" hand positions.

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The Race

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

There's some finger crossing happening in this fun piece in the key of C minor, but mostly it stays in the C minor 5-finger pattern. The rhythm has a lot of syncopation that can be taught by rote or slowed down for counting out loud.

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Treasure Hunt

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

Students will enjoy playing this mysterious piece that begins in a C minor hand position. It moves through eighth note scale passages in both the left and right hand, keeping the fingers moving and creating a lot of interest in the process.

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Twas in the Moon of Wintertime

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

This Huron carol was written in 1640 by a Jesuit missionary and is considered Canada's earliest Christmas carol. In the key of E minor, this arrangement is on an early intermediate level.

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We Three Kings

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

Set in the key of d minor and modulating to the relative key of F Major, this classic Christmas piece, written by the Reverend John Henry Hopkins Jr. (1820-1891), has been arranged for a level 3 student to play. The words, which were also written by Hopkins, are also included.

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Wild Horse Canyon

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

This fast piece in cut time is written in the key of E Minor. The easy right hand patterns create intense movement, evoking the image of wild horses galloping through a canyon.

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Winter Sleigh Bells

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

This piece is full of staccatos and has lots of movement to imitate the sound of a sleigh ride in the winter. It's a fun, lively piece for a level 2-3 student to play.

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Yankee Doodle

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

A fun piece of Americana for the level 2-3 student, "Yankee Doodle" is written in the Key of G Major and is in 4/4 time. Two verses with words are given for singing along.

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